Terrell Hogan Law Logo
Call Now for a Free
Queremos Ayudarle
Cargill Recalls Ground Turkey for Samonella Risk

Cargill Value Added Meats Retail announced an immediate Class I voluntary recall of approximately 85-percent-lean fresh ground turkey products produced at the company’s Springdale, Ark., facility on Aug. 23, 24, 30 and 31, 2011, due to possible contamination from Salmonella Heidelberg.

On Aug. 3, Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey, in response to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella that had sickened more than 100 people and killed one.  The suspect meat had emerged from a single slaughterhouse in Arkansas. The company shut down its Arkansas plant to disinfect it and upgrade safety procedures there. According to the trade journal ThePoultrySite.com, Cargill did the following: [Safety enhancements] include two additional antibacterial washes, intensifying an existing antibacterial system, disassembling and steam cleaning equipment before resuming ground turkey production, and requiring suppliers of turkey meat to add a new antibacterial wash. The company has also implemented the most aggressive Salmonella monitoring and testing programme in the poultry industry.
Officials from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) approved the upgrades, By mid-August, the plant was cranking out vast amounts of ground turkey again.  However, the antibiotic-resistant salmonella strain that caused the outbreak managed to resist Cargill’s safety upgrades. On September 11, FSIS announced that Cargill is recalling 185,000 more pounds of ground turkey from its Arkansas plant, samples of which had tested positive for the exact same strain of antibiotic-resistant salmonella that caused the August calamity.


Get Help Now

Fill this out for a FREE case review.

Briefly type in what happened.
That’s all it takes to start the conversation, and, together, we will decide if Terrell Hogan Law is the firm to help you.
Sending your message means you are familiar with the purpose of this website.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

About The Author

Picture of Laura Hack

Laura Hack

Laura Hack is a paralegal with Terrell • Hogan. She has been with the firm since 1996 and has worked primarily for Wayne Hogan. She is an experienced Paralegal with 30+ years of working in the law practice industry. Skilled in Appeals, Civil Trial Litigation Support, Torts, Trial Practice, and Pleadings.